On Wednesday morning, Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy announced that her proposed legislation that would lift a restriction on using federal funding to research the cause behind gun violence death has earned the support of seven national gun safety organizations.
The groups include Sandy Hook Promise, Americans for Responsible Solutions and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Doctors for America, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence are all calling on Congress to pass Murphy’s bill, the Gun Violence Research Act, H.R. 1478.
“Grassroots momentum for our bill is growing because Americans are demanding action, and we know research saves lives,” said Murphy. “Sadly, too many communities and families are being torn apart by gun violence, and we need research to stop this violence before it starts and to reduce fatalities when it happens. Good policymaking should be based on facts, not fear, and my bill would give us facts. I am grateful for the support from these leading gun safety organizations, and I will keep fighting around the clock to keep our communities and our children safe.”
The bill would would repeal a 1996 provision that has essentially prevented the CDC and other HHS agencies from conducting research on gun-related incidents. H.R. 1478 faces an uphill climb in the GOP controlled Congress.